Introduction To Ultimate Frisbee

By Lee Michael Ling-Knowler

Ultimate Frisbee is a rapidly growing sport that is gaining popularity, as it’s been recognised as the top sport to have a go at by BUCS and also been recognised by the Olympics Committee, also it has led to the AU men’s team will be part of the opening BUCS Men’s League. The AU teams competed well in BUCS tournaments last season, with the women’s team coming 3rd in the regional indoor Championships. With the society team just recently going to Brighton for a beginners tournament, with most of the team being people who had attended our own Active Student sessions, and moving up from 15th Seed to 6th Seed.

The training sessions are fun, energetic and focussed on good sportsmanship. Both the AU and society club welcomes all students of all abilities to come and join as it continues to grow, develop and establish itself.


  • The backhand is the other main basic throw used in the game. The disc is held with all fingers tucked inside the rim of the disc with the thumb going along the top ring on the disc. This throw is done by tucking the arm into the body and then swinging the arm forwards and flicking the wrist at the end.
  • The forehand, also known as ‘the flick’ is one of the two main basic throws used in the game. The disc is held with the index and middle finger laying alongside the rim of the disc with the other two fingers providing stability on the other side. The throw is done by swinging the arm forward and then flicking the wrist forward.
  • The disc is held in the same position as a forehand, however the disc is thrown overhead. The motion is that the arm comes across the face of the player and just before the arm is fully extended upwards the wrist is flicked and the disc flies from left to right, if throwing right handed, and vice versa for left handed.


  • Points are scored by receiving a pass and completing the pass within the end zone.
  • Teams are made up of seven players on the field and five players on the bench for outdoor. For indoor its five players on the field and three players on the bench. Substitutions can only be made after the point at which a goal has been scored or during an injury.
  • A pull is required during the start of a game, after half time, or after a point has been scored which is when the defending team sends the Frisbee to the opposition team to resume play.
  • Stalling, the defender is not allowed to start counting how many seconds the attacker is holding the disc until they are within three meters of the player and starts the countdown by announcing ‘stalling’ followed by the count of one to ten.
  • Stall Out, the player holding the Frisbee is allowed to hold the disc for a maximum of ten seconds for outdoors, and eight seconds for indoors.
  • Turnovers occur when;
    • The attacking team drops or fails to catch the disc while during a throw.
    • When the defending team is able to intercept the disc and it falls to the ground before the opposition has time to catch it.
    • When the attacking team receives the disc and plants their feet on the ground while outside the field of play.

Hopefully we will see you at an Active Students session.